September 23, 2005 01:22:26pm
Internet Archive Bookmobile at the National Book Festival
Children can experience the book-making process for themselves when they visit the Internet Archive Bookmobile at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, September 24. This mobile digital library allows visitors to download almost 20,000 public domain books from the Internet via satellite and then print and bind these books, anytime and anywhere.
By allowing people to instantly print their own books at low cost, the Bookmobile helps to further the Archive's vision of universal access. In addition to the one in Washington this weekend, visiting all the way from San Francisco, there are Internet Bookmobiles in India and Egypt as well. Learn more about the Bookmobile at www.archive.org/bookmobile.
“The Internet Archive Bookmobile affords people the experience of having a free book from the public domain, and the experience of this new technology that makes so much immediately available,” said Beatrice Murch, Bookmobile Project Coordinator at the Internet Archive. “It brings the public domain into life by transforming bits into books.”
The participation of the Internet Archive Bookmobile at the National Book Festival is made possible through the generosity of Freddie Mac.
About the Internet Archive
The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an ‘Internet library,’ with the purpose of offering permanent access for researchers, historians, and scholars to historical collections that exist in digital format. Founded in 1996 and located in the Presidio of San Francisco, the Archive has been receiving data donations from Alexa Internet, and others. In late 1999, the organization started to grow to include more well-rounded collections. Now the Internet Archive includes texts, audio, moving images, and software as well as archived web pages in our collections.
About the National Book Festival
The fifth annual National Book Festival will take place on September 24 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The festival is organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress and hosted by Laura Bush. It is free and open to the public and this year features more than 80 award-winning authors, illustrators and poets.
For more information on the National Book Festival, go to http://www.loc.gov/bookfest/
About Freddie Mac
Freddie Mac is a stockholder-owned company established by Congress in 1970 to support homeownership and rental housing. Over the years, Freddie Mac has made home possible for one in six homebuyers and nearly four million renters in America. As one of the largest corporate funders in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, Freddie Mac and the Freddie Mac Foundation have invested nearly $250 million in nonprofits serving the community.